Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

Can't I show frustration? – Mourinho defends reaction to Rashford

Can't I show frustration? – Mourinho defends reaction to Rashford

Manchester United will host Young Boys in a UEFA Champions League group stage match on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

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Following the draw against Palace he criticized the hunger of his players and he has stood by those comments.

"You need thick skin to, of course, play under the manager, but 100 per cent this club". For me it was a pleasure, even against Manchester City where we didn't recover from the 2-0. Do I prefer to play tomorrow at Young Boys here or go to Bern I would say immediately to play at home. "I want my players to be proactive not reactive", said Mourinho.

But United's slow starts have continued to hamper them this season as they are well off the pace in the PL.

United can qualify for the knockout phases of the competition if they beat the Swiss champions and Valencia lose to Juventus in Turin. We train hard for the team and we're just looking forward to putting things right on Tuesday. It is not a crucial game.

"I think it would be a lack of respect to the stadium and fans to say we prefer to play away from home, I totally refuse to say that".

"But a team to cope with that happiness to play a decisive game. Let's play this game like a game we have to win".

United will be without Victor Lindelof for several weeks after he suffered a suspected thigh injury against Palace, with Mourinho hopeful of having the Sweden centre-half back for the hectic Christmas period.

It doesn't seem as if Witsel would exactly add the creativity that United are missing but it is clear that Mourinho is desperate to increase his options in an area of the field that has become something of a problem, with Fellaini and Matic on the wane, Fred struggling to settle and doubts surrounding Paul Pogba's long-term future at Old Trafford.

The combative Portuguese coach also confirmed that United should have no problem when it comes to getting to this home game. We are staying at a hotel a few metres away.

'A lot of time it's they'll receive the ball, take it, look up and then think, "Ah I'll pass it". "If it is not better I walk", Mourinho added.

Such setbacks have not only left them a modest seventh in the Premier League but, in recent days, prompted Burnley's Sean Dyche to suggest Mourinho's players are not immune from relegation worries while David Moyes on Monday claimed he should have been given more time in charge at Old Trafford after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.

"If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support... come on".

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